Financial Aid and Scholarships

You should apply for financial assistance even if you don't think you will qualify. Keep in mind the difference between sticker price and net cost. The majority of students do not pay the full cost of college as listed on their website because most students receive some form of financial aid. Due to the availability of financial aid, you should not rule out colleges with higher costs. For instance, if your expected family contribution (EFC) is $5,000, you would be eligible for $3,000 in financial aid at a college with a total cost of $8,000. At a college with a total cost of $35,000, however, you would be eligible for up to $30,000 in financial aid. You will not know the net cost of attending a college until you submit the FAFSA to that college and receive your award letter. 

Keep track of deadlines to apply for academic (sometimes called "merit") scholarships at the colleges and universities that interest you. Many colleges consider you for merit scholarships when you submit your application, and some colleges have additional scholarship applications you must submit. Deadlines vary by college, so make sure to keep in touch with the admissions rep from the college and look over the college's financial aid and scholarship website thoroughly! Know your deadlines! See the last section on this webpage for direct links to scholarship information at specific colleges. 

General Financial Aid Information

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

FSA ID (You and a parent will need an FSA ID to sign and submit the FAFSA)

Federal Student Aid (Primary location for general financial aid information and guidance)

Financial Aid Eligibility Estimator (FAFSA4caster)

Student Scholarships and Grants (State of Michigan financial aid programs including TIP, Michigan Competitive Scholarship, veteran benefits, foster care resources, etc.)

Information for College bound students with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and other disabilities   

Michigan Education Savings Plans 

Khan Academy Paying for College Videos

Scholarship Search Websites

College Greenlight 



Nerd Wallet 

DREAMers RoadMap (Scholarship app for undocumented students)

Local Scholarships

Fremont Area Community Foundation (FACF) - online application opens October 1 and must be submitted by March 1. The Foundation gives around $100,000 to Grant High School students each year. One application is needed to be eligible for all of the available scholarships. The Financial Information Form MUST be submitted to the college where the student plans to attend. This form is available within the application, in the counseling office, and at the bottom of this webpage. Early College students apply during their 12th-grade year. 

  • Complete all sections in the application that are applicable to you – it is to your benefit to make your application as complete as possible in order to qualify for as many scholarships as possible. 
  • Include all extracurricular activities you have been involved in throughout high school. There are scholarships specific to certain activities and church involvement. You will not qualify unless you indicate your involvement on your application. To see all of the scholarships available and their criteria, click here
  • Submit your application electronically by March 1, AND mail or fax a copy of the Financial Information Form to the college you plan to attend and indicated on your application. You will not be eligible for need-based scholarships if you do not send the Financial Information Form to your college.
  • Your HS Counselor will give the FACF a copy of your transcript.
  • Contact Robin Cowles with any questions or concerns:

Community Foundation ACT Scholarship - ACT Scholarship has been discontinued in favor of Community Foundation support of the Newaygo County Promise Zone.

The Gerber Foundation - Medallion Scholarship and Merit Scholarship. One application for both scholarships. The Medallion Scholarship is $9,200 and students must have a GPA of 3.71 or higher. The Merit Scholarship is $2,300 and students must have a GPA of 2.0-3.7. Students must apply online. One letter of recommendation and an essay are required for this scholarship. Your HS counselor will complete the counselor portion of the application. Deadline to apply is February 28. Early College students apply during their 13th year. 

Carolyn McKinley Scholarship - $500 (Subject to change) Bring essay telling future plans, high school history of activities, a transcript, and your EDP to counseling office for your application. Deadline to apply, March 15.  This is a one-time scholarship given in memory of Carolyn McKinley who loved her work as a paramedic. Preference is given to someone going into the field of paramedics, or the health sciences.  Turn in application to the Counseling Office.

ChoiceOne Bank Scholarship Essay Contest - Deadline is April 24th. All applications must be sent via email to Essays must be 300 words or less—answering the question, “What does your community mean to you?”. Eligible students must be graduating seniors from the school and planning to attend an accredited four-year college in Michigan for the Fall.

Gerber Federal Credit Union - three winners with prizes ranging from $250-$1,750, essay/application is due April 15th. Visit their website for more information.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation - For students who reside in Kent County. Scholarship application is open Jan. 1 - April 1.

Grant Athletic Boosters - Two scholarships of $500 each will be awarded to GHS student-athletes. Deadline to apply is April 1, return applications to the counseling office. Application

Julie Grabill Scholarship - $500 scholarship in memory of Julie Grabill. Come to the counseling office for more information and to pick up an application.

Lake Michigan Credit Union - Lloyd F. Hutt Scholarship, 10 winners, $2000 each. Obtain application online here. Students who are members of Lake Michigan Credit Union or dependent children of Lake Michigan Credit Union members are eligible for the program. Visit the website for information on deadlines and essay requirements.

Muskegon Area Foundation - For students who reside in Muskegon County. Deadline to apply is Feb. 15.  Scholarship opens on Nov. 1.

Muskegon County Farm Bureau Scholarship - $500-$1000. Applicant must be a member of or under the guardianship of a Muskegon County Farm Bureau member. Applicant must be a high school senior or graduate accepted by or attending a post‐secondary educational institution. Financial need is not a requirement. Usually, this scholarship will be awarded once, but applicants may re‐apply. Applicant must meet the provisions set out in the application. Applications due to the Farm Bureau by March 1.  Applications are in the counseling office and available here. See website for details.

National Wild Turkey Federation's Academic Scholarship (in memory of Brian Bouwkamp, Class of 2002). Applications are available online or in the counseling office. The scholarship deadline is January 1.

Newaygo County Farm Bureau Scholarship - $250-$1000. Must apply by April 18th. The application is available for download here or in the counseling office. See website/application for details and qualifications. 

Newaygo County Law Enforcement Scholarship - This is a one-time scholarship given by the Newaygo County Law Enforcement Officers Association. The applicant must be a graduating senior enrolling in a college law enforcement/criminal justice program. Applications are due April 20.  Applications available in the counseling office. 

Newaygo County Promise Zone - Provides tuition-free college scholarships. Online application is due March 1 of each year (or the following business day, if that date falls on the weekend). More information at

North Central Co-op Scholarship - The student must be an active member and have completed at least five years in 4-H or two years in the FFA program and have a parent(s)or grandparent(s) that are current stockholders, patrons, or employees of North Central Cooperative and live in the surrounding trade area of North Central Co-op, Inc. One $1000 scholarship for a 4 year degree program, or one $750 scholarship for a 2 year degree or Trade School program. Please visit the website for the application and for more information or go to the counseling office.  Deadline to apply is March 1.

Rockford Sportsmans Club - $500 scholarship given to a student who demonstrates an educational and career commitment to the study of the environment or law enforcement, shows a commitment to communicate and interpret a love of nature, and an understanding of the need to practice conservation. For an application, visit their website. Must be a Kent County resident. Deadline to apply is May 1.

Zonta Club of Big Rapids/Grand Rapids - $1000 Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship, must apply through Big Rapids or Grand Rapids Zonta Club, designed to help women pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in business management. Visit the website or contact the local Zonta Club for details. 

Other Scholarships (national and statewide)

AAA Michigan's School Safety Patrol Scholarship Program - $1,000 awarded to students attending a college and have safety patrol experience.  Applications can be received from the counseling office.  Deadline April 30.

Abbott and Fenner Business Consultants - Submit a 500-100 word essay on the following topic: Describe your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals. Visit their website to learn more about this opportunity to receive up to a $1,000 scholarship. Deadline is June 10.

AES Engineering Consultants -  $500 scholarship, submit essay answering the following question: When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful?  What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey? Deadline Oct. 6. Visit website for more information on how to apply.

American Indian Education Fund: Undergraduate Scholarship - Eligible Native American students can win $2,000 to fund their undergraduate degree.

American Legion Auxiliary Department of MichiganSeveral scholarships are available. See website for details on each scholarship, especially if you are a paying member of the American Legion or are a child or grandchild of a veteran. 

AXA Achievement Scholarship - One winner in each state is selected to win $10,000 with the possibility of earning $15,000 more as a national winner. Visit the website for requirements, deadlines, and details. 

Burger King Scholars - Scholarships up to $1000 available. Application available online starting October 15. Deadline to apply is December 15. Do not need to be employed by Burger King, but more scholarships are available to employees or dependents of employees. 

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program - If you have the passion to succeed – especially in fields of study related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) – the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is looking for you. This year, they will award 50 renewable scholarships of up to $25,000 per year. Scholarship recipients are selected based on the following factors: Academic achievement and financial need; participation and leadership in community and school activities, work experience and interest in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industries; special consideration will be given to the following applicants: first-generation college attendees, females, minorities, military veterans and dependents of military personnel; the majority of the scholarships will be awarded to students majoring in STEM disciplines. Visit their website for more details. Application opens in January and is due at the end of February. 

Coca-Cola Scholarship Program - Application opens in August each year and applications are due on October 31st. 150 applicants receive $20,000 each. Must have at least a 3.0 GPA. Coca-Cola Scholars are well-rounded, bright students who not only excel academically but are also actively involved in their school. These leaders are passionate, service-oriented, and demonstrate a sustained commitment to bettering their community. Visit their website for more details and to submit your application.

Davidson Fellows ScholarshipThe Davidson Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000.  To be eligible you must be 18 or younger as of Oct. 1. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of significant work. Significant work is an accomplishment that experts in the field recognize as meaningful and has the potential to make a positive contribution to society. Such work may be: an exceptionally creative application of existing knowledge, a new idea with high impact, an innovative solution with broad-range implications, an important advancement that can be replicated and built upon, an interdisciplinary discovery, a prodigious performance, or another demonstration of extraordinary accomplishment. See their website for more information on applying.

Dream U.S.: The National Scholarship - Undocumented students can receive up to $14,500 annually to obtain an associate’s degree or up to $29,000 to get a bachelor’s.

Educational Training Voucher - Up to $5000 per school year for students involved in the foster care system. For detailed eligibility guidelines, click here. To get more information, visit this website. Your caseworker will also have detailed information about this program. 

FFA National Scholarships - There are many scholarships available through FFA, for both members and non-members. See their website for more details on when and how to apply and the scholarships available.

Foster Care to Success: Scholarship - Students who have been in foster care for at least 12 consecutive months are eligible to win $2,500-$5,000 based on need and merit.

Gates Millennium Scholarship - full-ride to a 4-year college and graduate school for high achieving, underrepresented students (African American, American Indian-Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American). Extensive application process involves several essays, a nominator, and a recommender. Must have at least a 3.3 GPA. Visit the website for details or come to the counseling office for assistance. 

Haworth Skilled Trades Scholarship - $2,000 scholarship for student entering a 2-year skilled trades program (Tool and Die, Machine Repair, Electrician, CNC Programming, Model Maker, or Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning [HVAC] Technician) with an HS GPA of 2.7 or higher. Application available online in January and due February 17th. Learn more about this exciting opportunity here.

Harvest Education Foundation -  Student should be pursuing a career in manufactured housing and/or RV and campground industry. Visit their website for more information and to apply.

Hispanic Fund - Scholarship ranging from $500-$5000 for Hispanic students pursuing a 4-year degree, plus other scholarship resources. Visit the website for details. Apply by March 30. 

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship ProgramsThis scholarship program is for students who have overcome adversity or hardship in their lives.  Students with critical financial need ($55,000 or less adjusted gross income per family), involved in co-curricular and community activities, minimum 2.0 GPA, and US citizenship. Scholarships available for students pursuing a 4-year degree and a technical/trade school program. Many different scholarships are available and criteria may vary slightly. Visit the website to learn more and explore scholarship opportunities. 

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation - undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. College Scholars receive up to $40,000 per year, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to network with the larger JKCF Scholar community. The application period is open from early September to early November. Up to 40 College Scholars are selected for this program each year. Visit the website for more information.

Jackie Robinson Foundation: Scholoarship Award - Leadership-oriented minority students demonstrating financial need are encouraged to apply to receive up to $30,000 over four years.

KFC REACH Educational Grant Program - helps KFC Restaurant hourly Team Members and Shift Supervisors pursue their educational dreams by providing college tuition assistance via grants of $2,000 and $2,500. The awards may be used to attend any accredited four-or two-year college, as well as trade/vocational schools. Winners are selected via a competitive application process and may reapply each year. Visit the website for more information.

Kelsey’s Law Distracted Driving Awareness Scholarship - Michigan high school juniors and seniors. You may be familiar with Kelsey's Law, which prohibits the use of cell phones for Level 1 and 2 drivers in the state. Scholarship is to inspire change in teens who drive distracted and help prevent car accidents. $5,000 awarded annually. Deadline to apply is Aug. 31.

Leavitt Machinery Scholarship Program - $500, to be eligible you must be: currently enrolled or expect to be enrolled in a degree program (2 years of length or greater) by September. Additionally, you must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and submit an answer to the essay question prior to the submission deadline of May 31. Application and more information available on their website

Lydia Cruz and Sandra Maria Ramos Scholarship - Named after two women committed to education and a passion for learning. This scholarship is awarded annually by Delta Tau Lambda Sorority members who raised money for the scholarship in order to assist young Latina women to reach for their goals using education as a tool. Click here for the application.

Law Enforcement DREAM scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for students interested in pursuing a career in Public Safety and all of its related fields - Law Enforcement, Police-Fire Dispatch, Corrections Officer, Firefighting or Emergency Medical Technicians. Deadline to apply is May 1. Click here for more information and to access the application. 

Lift Parts Express Scholarship - $500 for students attending college in the fall and who have an HS GPA of 3.0 or higher. Application and essay topic can be found on the website

MEA (Michigan Education Association) Scholarship - Amounts vary. Must be a dependent of an MEA member or MEA-Retired member in good standing. Must be attending a Michigan public college or a select few private colleges in Michigan (details are on the application). Applications and more information are available on the website and applications are due February 25. 

MENSA Foundation Scholarship - Essay-based contest that opens September 15 and closes January 15. Winners are based solely on the essays, and no consideration is given for grades, academic program, or financial need. Visit the website for more information and to get the application. 

Michigan LegionMany scholarship opportunities are available through the Michigan Legion. See their website for details, especially if you are a child or grandchild of a veteran, an Eagle Scout, or are interested in criminal justice/law enforcement. Various deadlines and requirements.

Michigan Oil & Gas Producers - is offering a scholarship for students who have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and be pursuing a degree in the energy-related field of study with the ambition of seeking employment in the oil and gas industry.  Deadline to apply is April 2. Applications are available at the website

Michigan Retailers Association - 30 scholarships of $1,000.  To be eligible, the student or his/her parent must be employed at a business that is a member of MRA.  Applications must be submitted by April 1.  Visit this website for the application and more information.

Michigan Society of Professional Engineers - Scholarships for students pursuing a degree in engineering at a Michigan university. Applications are due the First Friday in February. Scholarship applications and details about GPA and standardized test score requirements are available online.

Multiple Sclerosis Society Scholarship - The National MS Society’s scholarship program helps highly qualified students who have been diagnosed with MS or who have a parent with MS achieve their dreams of going to college. Information is available every October and applications are due January 15. Applications and more information can be found on their website

NAFEPA Scholarship - three state scholarship awards are available ($1,000, $500, and $250)  Selections will be based upon the NAFEPA application. Students should apply through the MAS/FPS office. Mail to: NAFEPA SCHOLARSHIP, Marie Miller, NAFEPA Representative, 3861 Cora Ave., Threnton, MI  48183. See counseling office for the application and the most up-to-date information.

NALS of Michigan Scholarship Award -  This awards a $1,000 scholarships to anyone interested in pursuing a degree in the legal field. For more information, visit the website

National Eagle Scout Association - Deadlines and applications vary. See website for details.

National Honors Society Scholarship - Check the website for details on how to apply. Applications are available on their website each fall. 

Nitro: Scholarship - Students must simply be U.S. residents enrolled in a college or university to be eligible for this scholarship. Awards of $2,018 are given every month.

NROTC Scholarship - opportunity to receive a highly competitive full-tuition scholarship, attend one of over 150 leading colleges/universities, and 100% employment after graduation through the Navy or Air Force. Check the website for details on how to apply. Applications due January 31.

Point Foundation: Scholarship - Members of the LGTBQ community who demonstrate leadership skills, academic achievement and financial need can apply for this grant.

QuestBridge Scholarships - Several opportunities are available for high-achieving, low-income students, including the National College Match program for high school seniors (matches students to very prestigious universities) and the College Prep Scholars Program (prepares students for college and provides resources to help choose a college) for high school juniors. Visit the website for details. 

RARE Everyday Hero Scholarshipfor high school seniors planning to attend a Michigan college, university or post-secondary school after graduating. The purpose is to engage young people in identifying everyday heroes throughout our state and through the process of discovery and writing, to become inspired about life’s possibilities. Winning students will receive a $2,500 scholarship toward tuition. Students must submit an original, well-documented essay about someone whom they consider to be an Everyday Hero because through their life’s work; they are making a difference for others, now and for the future. Qualities students should look for in the person they choose to write about include a strong work ethic, commitment to what they believe in, selflessness in putting others first and integrity in the way they lead their daily lives. Special consideration will be given to students who focus on the individuals in their communities who do more than what is required of them and go above and beyond in making a difference in the world around them. Applications are due December 1. See their website for more information on submitting an application. 

Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship - Visit the website for more information. Students in Newaygo County are eligible for the RMHC/Scholars scholarship. 

Rosa Parks Scholarship - offers a $2,000 scholarship to graduating high school seniors based on scholarship, leadership, and dedication to the civil rights principles of Rosa Parks.  Applications must be postmarked by March 1.  For an application, visit the website

SAE Engineering Scholarships - To qualify the applicant must enroll in an engineering program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) at a university of the applicant's choice. The applicant must be a high school senior, intend to earn a degree in engineering, be a citizen of the United States, meet minimum requirements with regard to grade point average and ACT as outlined in the application. Visit the website for more information on qualifications and to submit the application. Applications due January 15.

"Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year" (SAMMY) AwardOutstanding scholar athletes in grade 12 could win a $7,500 college scholarship from the Milk Processor Education Program.  Judging is based on academic performance, athletic excellence, leadership, community service and what role milk plays in their success.  Visit the website for more information. 

Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships - Applicants must have demonstrated on-going commitment to their community by performing unpaid volunteer services impacting hunger in the United States at least within the last 12 months. Added consideration is given to students working to fight childhood hunger. Applications are accepted between October 5 and December 5. Visit the website for qualifications and more information.  

United States Service AcademiesAny students interested in Air Force Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, Military Academy, Naval Academy, or Coast Guard Academy, should attend Academy Night.  For questions and additional information, stop by the counseling office.

Wal-Mart Scholarship - Scholarships available to Wal-Mart associates and dependents of Wal-Mart employees. Visit the website for more information.

Women In Technology Scholarships through Michigan Council of Women in Technology - Applications are due by Jan. 31 to be considered for the fall semester. Award amounts are listed on the applications, which can be accessed by visiting MCWT's scholarship page. Each form also lists applicant eligibility requirements.

University Specific Scholarships and Scholarship Websites

The following are just samples of direct links to college's scholarship websites. To find more, search on the college website's financial aid page or contact the admissions representative. 

Alma College (merit-based scholarshipsperformance-based scholarships, and other scholarships)

Aquinas College

Baker College

Calvin College

Central Michigan University

Cornerstone University

Davenport University

Ferris State University

Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Valley State University

Hope College

Lake Superior State University (Scholarship Calculator)

Michigan State University

Michigan Technological University

Muskegon Community College

Northern Michigan University (and more)

Spring Arbor University

University of Michigan

University of Michigan - Delta Upsilon Fraternity Scholarship - A $2000 scholarship is available to four males entering the University of Michigan. Money will be awarded on academics as well as personal qualities. For more information, come to the counseling office.

University of Michigan - Sigma Phi Epsilon Scholarship for the Balanced Man - $1000 and $500 is available to any male attending U of M. See the counseling office for more information.

University of Michigan Club of Grand Rapids Scholarship - $3,750 per year for four years, apply online here

Western Michigan University (and more)

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